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[an-thruh-poid] /ˈæn θrəˌpɔɪd/
resembling humans.
belonging or pertaining to the primate suborder Anthropoidea, characterized by a relatively flat face, dry nose, small immobile ears, and forward-facing eyes, comprising humans, apes, Old World monkeys, and New World monkeys.
Compare prosimian.
Origin of anthropoid
1825-35; < Greek anthropoeidḗs in the shape of a man. See anthropo-, -oid
Related forms
anthropoidal, adjective
pseudoanthropoid, adjective Unabridged
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  • There is thus verily a close blood-relationship between the human species and the anthropoid apes.

  • In the anthropoid ape we already find the family, but not the clan.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Conjugal life is a heritage from ancestors who lived in a similar way to the anthropoid apes of the present day.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • A white foam dripped from the chattering lips of the anthropoid.

    The Mind Master Arthur J. Burks
  • The anthropoid apes are not social, but live in families, and are very unprogressive.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • From these last, anthropoid apes and man have, he believes, been evolved.

  • It is large in the anthropoid apes, especially in the orang, in which it is very long and spirally convoluted.

    Man And His Ancestor Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for anthropoid


resembling man
resembling an ape; apelike
of or relating to the suborder Anthropoidea
any primate of the suborder Anthropoidea, including monkeys, apes, and man Compare prosimian
Derived Forms
anthropoidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for anthropoid

"manlike," 1835, from Greek anthropoeides "like a man, resembling a man; in human form;" see anthropo- + -iod. As a noun, attested from 1832 (the Greek noun in this sense was anthroparion).

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anthropoid in Medicine

anthropoid an·thro·poid (ān'thrə-poid')

  1. Resembling human beings in structure and form.

  2. Of or belonging to the family of great apes including the gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan.

  3. Resembling or characteristic of an ape; apelike.

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